Calls For Zero Blood-Alcohol Limit After Accused Drunk Driver Allegedly Killed Four Kids
In the wake of a horror crash that killed four children in Sydney, experts are calling for Australia to implement a zero blood-alcohol limit for drivers.
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons said there was evidence to show a zero blood-alcohol limit would reduce the risk-taking behaviour of drivers.
In NSW, the blood alcohol limit is currently 0.05 for most drivers but a zero alcohol limit applies for learner and p-plate drivers.
"We have it as a requirement for all commercial drivers and poignant deaths like this, it’s reasonable to further explore whether we should have a zero blood-alcohol requirement for all drivers, "The college’s National Trauma Committee chair Dr John Crozier told The Daily Telegraph.
Drink-driving is a significant problem in rural NSW, with alcohol playing a role in 40 percent of road deaths, Dr Crozier told the paper.
“I think it’s right as you look at this tragedy that any further way of reducing the risk of alcohol affecting the behaviour of the driver — and it does — should be explored,” Dr Crozier said on Sunday.
The call for a zero blood-alcohol limit comes after horrific drunk-driving crash in Oatlands on Saturday night resulted in the deaths of four children.
Police allege that Samuel William Davidson, 29, was three times over the legal limit and had been drinking with friends at home before the fatal crash.
It's believed he left a home in Oatlands on Saturday night at about 8pm to get money from a service station, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Davidson, the son of a retired NSW police detective, and a 24-year-old passenger were driving home when the crash occurred, according to The Daily Telegraph.
It's alleged Davidson ran a red light and onto the wrong side of the road when he collided with the children.
Davidson was arrested shirtless in the driver's seat of a 4WD and charged with 20 offences, including four counts of manslaughter.
The group of seven children had been on the footpath on their way to buy ice cream.
Daniel Abdallah, the father of three kids killed in the crash, spoke of his heartbreak on Sunday. His cousin's child was the fourth killed in the incident.
An 11-year-old boy from the extended family had come out of his coma on Monday, Abdallah told The Daily Telegraph.
Two girls aged 10 and 13 from the same family remain in the Children's Hospital at Westmead.
"I have a wife Leila, six beautiful children I have been blessed with. Yesterday, I lost three of my children. I had a cousin, Bridget, she lost her daughter as well. I don't know what to say," Abdallah told media.
"I'm numb, probably that's how I feel at the moment. All I just want to say is please, drivers, be careful. These kids were just walking innocently, enjoying each others' company, and this morning I woke up, I have lost three kids."
Daniel paid loving tribute to his three children: Antony, 13, a "very handsome boy" who "loved basketball"; Angelina, 12, who he called "my little helper"; and Sienna, nine, "my little diva, little actress."
"They have gone to a better place," Daniel said.
Davidson, who is facing up to 25 years in prison if convicted, and his 24-year-old passenger were not injured in the crash.
CCTV footage captured the pair speeding down the road and acting erratically minutes before the crash, Daily Mail reported.
Davidson has been refused bail and will appear in court April 2.
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